Sisolak accepts Biden challenge to open vaccinations to all by May

Gov. Steve Sisolak gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Trashelle Miro, pharmacy manager, at an Albertson’s supermarket pharmacy in Las Vegas on Thursday. (Photo: Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Gov. Steve Sisolak gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from Trashelle Miro, pharmacy manager, at an Albertson’s supermarket pharmacy in Las Vegas on Thursday. (Photo: Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Gov. Steve Sisolak said Wednesday that, beginning March 22, he is opening up vaccinations to all Nevadans aged 16 and up with underlying conditions.

He said all Nevadans aged 16 and up will be eligible to schedule a vaccination starting April 5. 

He made a point to say that doesn’t mean those people will get the vaccination April 5, but they will be able to schedule a shot.

Grocery store clerks, leisure and hospitality works and other essential workers are already eligible to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. He said vaccinating those workers is important because they cannot work from home.

 “These are folks who can’t work from home and they have been going to work every day,” he said.

“The end is in sight,” he said. “We can do this Nevadans, we can do this together.”

He said when people get vaccinated still depends on when Nevada gets doses to actually put in people’s arms but that the federal government is telling the state the number of doses coming here will greatly increase in the near future.

 “They have told us to expect a significant increase as we move into April,” Sisolak said.

As for the hesitancy of some people to get the vaccine, Sisolak said he like federal experts is urging people to get whichever vaccine they are offered. He said all three, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are effective and safe.

He said so far, Nevada has issued vaccines to 25 percent of those eligible by age or underlying conditions.

For those who can’t get to a vaccination site for whatever reason, he said the state and local authorities will be taking the vaccines into the community to take care of those folks and ensure that, “everybody has access.”

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